Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BORO LEFT WITH 11; Eight Senior Players Injured: Injury Crisis Mounts at Boro

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BORO LEFT WITH 11; Eight Senior Players Injured: Injury Crisis Mounts at Boro

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Byline: ERIC PAYLOR

GORDON Strachan is left with just 11 fit senior professionals for the home test against Swansea City tomorrow.

Key new signing Barry Robson is among the Boro walking wounded as Strachan's probable line-up appears to pick itself.

Eight senior pros, including Robson and fellow midfielders Isaiah Osbourne and Rhys Williams, are all on the treatment table.

And the 'fit' 11 include Julio Arca, who is set to play despite suffering from a sore foot this week.

Strachan remained positive, despite the latest bodyblow, saying: "You get periods like this. It's a tough spell, that's for sure.

"But it's not the first time this year that we have been suffering from injuries and we will deal with it.

"We are looking forward to the time when we have everybody available.

Then we'll see what we are made of.

"But injuries are part and parcel of the game. We have prepared well this week and we are looking forward to tomorrow's game."

Robson has been unable to train as the result of a hamstring niggle.

With Osbourne out with a sore groin and Williams sidelined with a troublesome pelvic problem, Boro are particularly short of personnel across the middle.

Fortunately Adam Johnson has shown no ill effects from his return from a hamstring injury, so Strachan can still field experience right across the middle.

However the sale of Mark Yeates to Sheffield United this week, Didier Digard's recent loan move to Nice and the departure of Mohamed Shawky has left the squad exposed in the middle.

Other players missing tomorrow are Jeremie Aliadiere, who has a new ankle injury, and Andrew Taylor, Emanuel Pogatetz, Seb Hines and Matthew Bates.

Naturally striker Leroy Lita is back after a long lay-off through suspension tomorrow.

Strachan said: "It's good to have another experienced player back.

"It's also good that we got the three new players in when we did."

Lita is set to line up alongside former Celtic striker Chris Killen, who will be making his home debut, along with Willo Flood.

The back five is set to be unchanged. …

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